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stories making news. former president george h.w. bush remains in a houston hospital as doctors say his health took a turn for the worse right before christmas. the 88-year-old former president has been in the hospital since november 23 with a lingering bronchitis-like cough. he had hoped to spend the holiday at home but developed a fever. doctors are cautiously optimistic that bush will recover but want to build up his strength and balance his medications. >> wish him the best during this time. >>> it wasn't a quiet christmas day for many across the south as severe thunderstorms and tornadoes blew roofs off houses and knocked down power lines from louisiana to alabama. that storm system is moving east to georgia and the carolinas. snow and ice are the problem in the midwest. blizzard conditions hit parts of illinois, indiana, and western kentucky with the white stuff headed for the northeast later today. better be time to bundle up. >> all right. >>> and china is home to the world's largest high-speed railway. it runs more than 1,400 miles in beijing in the north to the south. it will
situation. but look, something has changed in the politics of america. right now, george h.w. bush is very ill. he may pass on in the next couple of weeks or so. when he does, that will be the passing of the last truly national president. look at how he was elected in 1998. he won traditionally democratic as well as republican states. he was a moderate guy, a war hero. he was respected by people across the aisle. that was the last time in history you'll see that. >> that it is, president obama got a lot of votes in 2008 by a lot of votes that were not just -- >> that is so. but clinton did quite well but only because ross perot was running. very complicated. in terms of it being a national figure, someone reaching across the aisle, you haven't seen that. one of the things that h.w. did while he was in office, he he cut a budget deal raising some taxes with some republican support. >> and that's what made his legacy as a one-term president. >> and that's what killed him. but he was at that turning point when conservatives were no longer willing to accept that. conservatives didn't complain
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